High costs slowing Thunderbolt and AirPlay adoption?

iLounge is reporting that high costs may be hampering Apple’s AirPlay and Thunderbolt from growing more quickly in the third-party market.

According to the site, adding AirPlay to a speaker set adds as much as $100 per unit to the cost, much more than using Apple’s Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad Dock Connectors.

Likewise, the super fast Thunderbolt IO technology is also expensive to use. iLounge reports that adding Thunderbolt ports to a drive enclose can cost as much as a low-end hard drive. However, the cost may be worth it. Today, LaCie’s Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt got shown off, with write speeds up to 352.5 MB/s and read speeds of 827.2 MB/s.

As with most technologies, costs should come down over time, but if the initial price is too big of a hurdle, Apple may have to re-work plans for future adoption.

Source: iLounge

Stephen Hackett, formerly a Lead Mac Genius at Apple, now spends his days running the IT department of a large non-profit in Memphis, TN. He writes about Apple, design and journalism at forkbombr.net. Like all twenty-somethings, you can find him on Twitter. Oh, and he has a dogcow tattoo.